Zakhar Prilepin


Program Bio
April 2008: Oxford, Mississippi and New York
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Zakhar Prilepin is a novelist, poet, and journalist. He was born in the village of Ilinka in 1975, and grew up near the city of Nizhni Novgorod, where he now lives with his wife and three children. Prilepin’s novels, including Pathology, Sankya, and Sin, have received both popular and critical acclaim in Russia. He was a two-time finalist for the National Bestseller Award (2005, 2006), a finalist for the Russian Booker Prize (2006), and winner of the "Yasnaya Polyana" prize for Distinguished Work in Contemporary Literature for Sankya (2005). H was also the winner of the "Faithful Sons of Russia" literature prize for Sin (2008), among others. His work has been translated into French, Latvian, Czech, and Chinese. In 2007 Sankya was awarded the all-China International Literarture Prize for “Best Foreign Novel of the Year”. Prilepin works as a columnist and contributor for several Russian magazines including Russian Glamour, Ogonek, and Russkaya Zhizn. He is the manager and general editor of the Nizhni Novgorod edition of the Novaya Gazeta weekly newspaper.

Career Updates

  • Shortly after visiting the US on the 2008 Open World Program, Prilepin received the Russian National Bestseller Prize for his novel in stories SIN (GREKH).
  • Prilepin has been honored with a place on the "NatsBest" shortlist twice before.
  • SIN was also recently selected for the long list for another of Russia's top literary prizes, The Big Book Award (Bolshaya Kniga).

  • Links
  • Visit Zakhar Prilepin's website
  • Read the International Herald Tribune article on a controversy sparked by Prilepin's book Sankya
  • See Newsweek's reference to Prilepin as a representative of a new generation of Russian writers
  • Read aVoice of America interview with Prilepin about his visit to the US [in Russian].